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11193429_10205419223012711_3639908750291017658_nName: Garrett Davidson

Year: Senior

Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Hometown: Seattle, WA

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I would like to be a process engineer working on or developing a process to produce a certain product, preferably somewhere on the west coast but we will see what happens.

What’s your biggest struggle right now?

Finding time to apply to jobs and grad schools in between water polo practice, studying, and hanging out with friends.

What’s something interesting you learned in class?

I learned that some particles are able to pass through walls or barriers in my Applied Physical Chemistry class. This phenomenon is called quantum tunneling and occurs in quantum mechanics where matter has both wave- and particle- like properties. The Heisenberg uncertainty principle also is important in this phenomenon. The Heisenberg principle says that one cannot know both the position and momentum (and therefore velocity) of a particle with certainty; only one or the other can be known with certainty. Therefore if the particle has enough energy, there is a chance it could appear on the other side of the barrier due to this uncertainty. It’s a really complicated phenomenon but extremely interesting at the same time.

What’s a piece of advice that you would give to an incoming student?

It’s college. It’s really difficult for everyone and you just need to learn to let go and take a night off to relax. You’re not going to remember every night you stayed in the library, but you will remember your great times hanging with friends.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

I’m usually hanging out with friends in my major or hanging out with my teammates. Or watching tv…

Why did you come to Hopkins?

I came here for a recruiting trip for water polo my senior year of high school and I loved the atmosphere of not just the team but also of the students. Everyone works hard and studies, but they also know how to have a great time outside school. Even though the school is difficult, you are getting through it with friends and that is the way it should be. I have made some amazing friends and made some truly awesome memories at this school.

What’s your favorite memory since you’ve been at Hopkins?

When I think about Hopkins, I remember the all-nighter Taylor Swift singing sessions, interesting interactions with residents in the dorm where I’m an RA, failed journeys to Abbey Burger, and planned spontaneous trips to NYC with family and friends from home.